The PGA tour announced on Thursday that they will extend membership of excluded players to next season, which means there will be no degradation or loss of status for those outside the Top FedEx Cup 125 at the end of the 2019 -20 campaign.
The decision came after the COVID-19 pandemic canceled or delayed 13 events on the Tour calendar. In a statement, Tour said the move was taken after talks with the Tour Policy Board and the Players Advisory Board. Players in the tournament winners, career money and lifetime member categories will retain their status for the 2020 -21 season as well.
The result meant the elimination of Korn Ferry graduates for 2020 -21. In a statement, Tour said it would set performance benefits for those who were in the top 10 of the Korn Ferry points list by the end of the year, including qualifying for events on the opposite pitch. The battlefield promotion, for those who win three times a year on the Korn Ferry circuit, will still be there.
There will also be a reduction in available field spots from Monday’s qualifications for the remainder of 2020. Under the current system, four players gain entry to the tournament through Monday’s qualifiers. The amount will be cut in half. In addition, Tour said there would be several tournaments where Monday’s qualifications could be eliminated altogether if a safe location could not be found.
Other items from today’s announcement:
-The Tour has upgraded the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club 2020. An alternative event for the past two seasons, this event has been moved to the fall, and because it does not share dates with the WGC tournament, Corales Puntacana will give the 500 500 full FedEx Cup points to the champions.
-The 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions will include all winners of the 2020 calendar season, as well as those who qualify for the 2020 Tour Championship.
-Players who began a medical extension during the 2019 season -20 had the option to restart the extension when the tour resumed at Colonial on June 11.
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